Costco locations in Louisville provide the supersized shopping carts because local shoppers are usually going to find a lot of stuff they need inside. The warehouse store delivers on big selection and great prices and according to MarketWatch, they topped the four billion mark in earnings for the first time ever in the 2020 fiscal year.
Those profits are all well and good, but some of that gain should get reinvested in providing a safe shopping experience for guests. On any given day, their stores can provide a number of potential hazards for slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents. A Costco employee may be too busy to notice a puddle on the tile in the meat department. You might not notice it either until you’ve slipped and taken a hard fall.
The hazard may be outside the store too as you’re getting Costco gas. A car before you may have leaked slippery fluid on the cement. Your feet can come out from under you and you can easily hit your head on the ground or the pump. There are many ways to get hurt at such a giant store, but would Costco help you if you’re injured by their negligence?
Support for Louisville Costco Accident Victims
Costco has a duty to keep visitors safe, especially when they want us to spend our hard-earned money there. But if you’re hurt on their property, it may be difficult for you to gain the compensation you’ll need from Costco to help with medical treatment and lost paychecks when you miss work.
If you took a fall during a visit to Costco and you were hurt by an obstacle a store proprietor should have made sure was cleaned up or fixed, contact the Louisville slip-and-fall lawyers of Kaufman & Stigger. Tell us every detail of what happened to you so that we can determine the best way to get your recovery paid for. It’s a free first consultation with no obligation. Let us help you determine your next move after you’ve been hurt in an accident through no fault of your own.
Slip-And-Fall Dangers at Costco in Louisville
Costco has almost 800 stores worldwide, including two locations in Louisville. One on Bardstown Road and another at Norton Healthcare Boulevard. No matter your favorite store, all Costco warehouses can present hazards in every department and on every aisle.
Bathrooms can have soapy floors that can turn into skating rinks. Even a tiny box on the floor of the eyecare center can trip you up and send you to falling forward for a painful knee injury. A pothole in the parking lot can also send you tumbling. A child may have spilled one of those big Costco sodas all over the floor. Ice and cola on those shiny tiles can take you out in an instant.
If you are seriously hurt you should get help with every cost of recovery. You deserve to get back on your feet without the worry about outrageous hospital and physical therapy bills.
To prove that Costco is liable for your injury and should help you, you’ll need to show the hazard was one of two things:
- Created by the property owner or proprietor, or
- The owner or proprietor was aware of the hazard and didn’t take action to remove it in a reasonable amount of time.
A store manager or owner may not have noticed the spill that caused your fall, but it’s also their responsibility to have enough staff on hand to routinely inspect the store for any issue that could hurt someone.
Like many big companies, Costco will likely fight to avoid blame for your accident. They’ll have a team of lawyers ready to cast doubt on your accident claim.
They may try these tactics to shift blame onto you:
- Claim you were distracted at the time of the fall, possibly looking at a cellphone, and not looking out for each step.
- Claim you were in an area you were not supposed to be in such as an “employees only” section of the store.
- Claim you missed warning tape, wet floor signs, and other caution signs.
These are ridiculous claims, but lawyers can use them to weaken your case and reduce your amount of compensation. This is why it’s so important to get photos and video of the hazard that sent you to the ground before they are cleaned up or repaired once you leave the scene. Talking to witnesses and getting their contact information can also help you prove your case.
What if I am Assigned Some Blame in my Costco Accident?
You might have to accept some blame for your fall at Costco, but that doesn’t mean you lose out on all compensation. In Kentucky, you and the store can share blame over an accident. You might have to accept 30% of the blame for being distracted when you stepped on a spill or in a pothole. Costco may be assigned 70% of the liability for not cleaning up a hazard fast enough.
If this is the case, you could still collect a sizable amount of compensation to help with your hospital costs. Your final award would just be reduced by the percentage of your blame. 30% of your compensation would be deducted from your final award in this example.
Contact a Louisville Costco Slip-And-Fall Lawyer
Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. Costco’s lawyers and insurance agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field.
Talk to a Louisville Slip-And-Fall Injury Attorney you can trust to be on your side and fight for your fair compensation. The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the compensation they’ll need to make a full recovery. To discuss your case contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today.